You've made a mistake, you've received your sentence and now you're facing prison. What happens next? This process can be scary, so understanding the steps that are likely to happen can help you feel more prepared and be at peace. Depending on the level of your sentence and the type of crime, there are a few different futures to consider.
Misdemeanor Versus Felony Sentencing
The punishment for a felony arrest is more serious than that for a misdemeanor, as a misdemeanor may only result in paying a fine or community service while a felony often results in multiple years in prison. Examples of felonies include murder, rape, arson, assault and even theft, depending on the details. Felonies may also result in restitution (when those convicted of a crime are ordered to pay monies to the victim or victim's family).
Even when you have committed a crime, there are points that you are able to have input. The plea bargain process is a great example. You can speak on your own behalf during the sentencing process, and good behavior in court may also play a role in reducing your sentence. Your defense council and any victims, as well as the prosecuting attorney, have an opportunity to have input on the sentencing as well. These statements may be written or spoken aloud in the courtroom, and often include a pre-sentencing report from the probation officer assigned to your case.
If you are not in custody and are currently utilizing a bail bonds service such as Free at Last Bail Bonds, you may be eligible for voluntary surrender at a later date, which means you have a limited period of time before you must report for jail time. As part of the sentencing process, judges are also able to make a recommendation for which prison is best suited for both the defendant and the crime that was committed. Often, a judge will recommend a local facility that will be convenient for family visits in the future.
Appealing a Felony Conviction
While appealing a criminal conviction can be challenging, this is an option if you are convicted of a felony. When you work with your attorney to make an appeal, you are required to show how some error was committed during your initial trial. This seems like an attractive option, but unfortunately, the appeals process is a very long one, and there are no guarantees that your appeal will be heard or accepted in the court system.
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